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In pictures: Jaw-dropping Northern Lights illuminate the skies

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As night descended on Friday, a solar storm filled the skies across Stroud.

The Northern Lights – or aurora borealis – appear as bright, swirling curtains of lights in the night sky and range in colour from green to pink and scarlet.

Stargazers were treated to a spectacular sight across Stroud with the Northern Lights visible for many. Some managed to grab some brilliant pictures of the rare weather event.

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Whiteshill Church Pic: Jen Watson

Laura Ashcroft captured these images of the sky across Brimscombe

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The lights are caused by energetic particles emitted from the sun.

When these particles hit earth the magnetic field funnels them toward the poles, interacting with the atmosphere and depositing energy to create the colourful effect.

Jason Benstock snapped these images of the sky across Whiteshill

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